Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Office Administrator

£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Office Administrator is requ...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Executive - Commercial Vehicles - OTE £40,000

£12000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to expansion and growth of ...

Ashdown Group: Senior PHP Developer - Sheffield - £50,000

£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Senior PHP Developer position with a...

Recruitment Genius: Operations Leader - Plasma Processing

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Operations Leader is required to join a lea...

Page 3 Profile: The garden gnome

How have garden gnomes made it into the news?

The Royal Horticultural Society has finally lifted the ban on gnomes at the Chelsea Flower show for its centenary year, with protesters at previous shows demanding equal rights for the mythical creatures.

Gnomes are regularly sneaked into the show and this year her Majesty will inspect around 150 figurines alongside the flowers.

Mythical creatures? Tell me more.

The gnome itself is a mythical creature in English folklore, but the figures themselves are not just a product of a 20th-century break from good taste. The first gnome was stocked in Dresden, Germany in 1841, but in the 1860s, German sculptor Phillip Griebel started moulding ceramic, pointy-hatted creatures as garden decorations, spreading around Europe with instant success. They are typically male, almost always have a long, white beard and are often seen in poses such as fishing, smoking a pipe or just taking a nap.

Are there any celebrity gnomes?

The David Beckham of garden gnomes is Lampy, the last survivor of a set of 21 gnomes imported into Britain by Sir Charles Isham in the 1840s. Hidden in the grounds of Sir Charles' Northamptonshire home, Lampy escaped a family clearout, and was insured for £1m in 1997.

Are these lovable ornaments under threat?

Owners of garden gnomes have had to contend with the act of "gnoming" for years. The reckless practice involves stealing various gnomes from gardens and in some cases releasing the figurines back "into the wild". There are also gnome liberation fronts in Italy and France, that seek to let gnomes return to their natural environment.

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Career Services

Day In a Page

Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders